Feeding the Butterflies (and their larvae)

by Frances Cincotta

I always feel chuffed when I see for myself or hear from Newstead Natives customers that the indigenous plants I propagate are providing habitat for local fauna. Sometimes it happens before the plants even leave the nursery!

bluish butterfly on Matted Bush-pea, 14 Nov 2014

Grass-blue or Clover Blue Butterfly Zizina labradus on Matted Bush-pea. Photographed by Frances Cincotta, 14 Nov 2014

small bluish butterfly laying eegs on Indigofera australis in igloo 14 Nov 2014 - small file

This Grass-blue, also in my greenhouse, has just laid 2 eggs on the underside of an Indigofera australis leaflet (look below antennae). Photo by Bonnie Humphreys, 14 Nov 2014.

Grass-blue Butterfly laying eegs on Indigofera australis in igloo 14 Nov 2014 - small file

Planning ahead – laying eggs on the food plant of her offspring

Grass-blue Butterfly rear view laying eggs on Indigofera australis in igloo 14 Nov 2014 - small file

Rear view photo by Bonnie Humphreys

Thanks to Tony Morton of Vaughan for identifying the butterfly. He says it feeds on a wide variety of legumes including Indigofera.

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